Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Adding a ScreenTip.

Adding a ScreenTip

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 15, 2013)

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ScreenTips are a helpful little embellishment that first appeared in Web browsers. You've probably hovered your mouse pointer over a link on a Web page so that you can see a small box appear that contains the address for the link. These ScreenTips can also appear in Word, where they are sometimes called ToolTips. You can add a ScreenTip as you add a hyperlink by following these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl+K. Word displays the Insert Hyperlink dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Insert Hyperlink dialog box.

  3. Click on the ScreenTip button. Word displays the Set Hyperlink ScreenTip dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  4. Figure 2. The Set Hyperlink ScreenTip dialog box.

  5. In the ScreenTip Text box, enter the text you want to use for your ScreenTip.
  6. Click on OK to close the dialog box.
  7. Set any other hyperlink values, as desired.
  8. When completed, click on OK.

With your ScreenTip defined, all you need to do hover the mouse pointer over the hyperlink. Shortly Word displays a small box that contains whatever text you specified in step 3.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (42) applies to Microsoft Word 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Adding a ScreenTip.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2015-08-20 14:50:46

Jitender Kumar

How to copy ScreenTips???
Google Search but not found.


2014-05-02 08:57:54

brenda green

The screen tip text limits the amount of text you can add to about 235 characters. Is there anyway to override the character limit and add more text?


2014-04-08 06:05:00

Barett Yegyayan

Hi,
To enter screen tips in a field using MS Word 2013, I’m following your steps as described, however in addition to the screen tip text, instruction of how to follow link is appearing i.e. (Ctrl + click to follow link) my question is: How to prevent “follow link” instruction to appear? Thanks


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